Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Blog Tour featuring Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart and Me Hearties Dress

Posted by Heather at Friday, May 06, 2016

Patterns for Pirates Sweetheart Dress and Me Hearties Dress

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas, mamas-to-be and the mamas of the heart, out there! Welcome to the last day of the Connected By a Thread Mother's Day Blog Tour.

First, please indulge me a moment while I get a little sentimental. You see, today, May 6th, holds special significance for me personally. 33 years ago I was adopted from South Korea. May 6, 1983 (also Mother's day weekend, that year), was my "Gotcha Day." Though, we didn't call it that back then- "Gotcha Day" wasn't really a thing, yet- it was just the day that I came home. <3 p="">

My mother and I on the day of my arrival in the US, May 6, 1983.

I love my family and I can honestly say that we're pretty close. My parents were always very open about my adoption and it was never a taboo subject (thanks, Mom and Dad!). However, I grew up the minority in a mostly Caucasian world- nobody ever looked like me.  Fast forward to February 2010 and I became a mother. I became a mother to a perfect little girl... that LOOKED.JUST.LIKE.ME!!! Dark hair, almond eyes, petite nose. I cannot express how much that has meant to me- to have another person out there in the world that looked like me, that was a part of me! Happy Mother's Day to me!

February 2010

So, back to the task on hand- The Connected By a Thread Mother's Day Blog Tour...!

For this blog tour, I sewed up the Patterns for Pirates Ladies Sweetheart Dress and girl's Me Hearties Dress. I love Mommy and Me outfits and, for the moment, so does Lil' Miss (I'm just going to go with that for as long as she allows! ;-).

For the Patterns for Pirates Ladies Sweetheart Dress, I sewed ups a size medium bust (graded out to large in the waist) and back to the medium for hips peplum top. I also alter the pattern to accommodate my height (I'm 5'-0") by taking an inch off the bodice and half an inch from the skirt portion. I did short sleeves with lingerie elastic finish. The neckline was done with traditional knit neckband. And, because this pattern's signature look is the sweetheart, I did the color blocked, sweetheart neckline. I have to admit that I had my initial doubts about the cut of this pattern- I wasn't sure it would be super flattering on my short, square frame. However, after sewing up a Sweetheart dress of my own, I was very pleased with the end results- the waist hit just right and the neckline wasn't too low, or too high. 

For the Patterns for Pirates Girl's Me Hearties Dress, I sewed up a straight size six dress. Lil' Miss' dress includes short sleeves finished with lingerie elastic and traditional knit neckband. I chose to do the regular, plain bodice (aka, not the sweetheart).

Fabric for both dresses were purchased online from Purpleseamstress Fabrics. Both patterns included multiple sleeve lengths and dress lengths. As shown by our outfits, you can either create the signature sweetheart neckline, or the plain bodice. I love the versatility of these patterns! You could literally make this pattern in long sleeve for the winter and sleeveless for the summer! Yay! Lil' Miss, on the other hand, just loves the twirl factor of the full circle skirt of the Patterns for Pirates girl's Me Hearties Dress!!

So, whether or not your baby looks like you, agrees to matching mommy and me outfits... Happy Mother's Day 2016!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to participate in this blog tour. The opinions expressed here are my own."***


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